"Sweet Ella Bella returns for her fourth appearance in a story based on a famous ballet, this time in a dreamlike interaction with the cast of The Nutcracker.
As in Ella's previous dancing adventures, the story begins in Madame Rosa's ballet class in an old (possibly enchanted) theater, with the teacher introducing the music and plot of The Nutcracker.. . . . The ballet's plot is skillfully summarized, and the magical transitions unfold in a believable way. Delicate watercolor-and-ink illustrations capture the exciting battle scene and create an ethereal atmosphere for the Land of Sweets with backgrounds of pink blossoms and candies. An author's note offers more information about the ballet."